The editors: Stephen Hodkinson has established himself internationally
as an authority on the economy and society of Sparta. He is the
author of numerous academic articles, and of the volume Property
and Wealth in Classical Sparta (CPW/Duckworth, 2000). Anton Powell
has played a leading role in the development and co-ordination of
Spartan studies. He is the author of Athens and Sparta (1988) and
editor of the Classical Sparta (1989). Hodkinson and Powell are
also joint editors of The Shadow of Sparta (1994).
The history of Sparta is increasingly seen as important, not only
for its own sake but also for understanding Athenian literature
and the political history of numerous Greek states. Traditional
approaches to Sparta are now being supplemented by contributions
from archaeology and the social sciences. The renewed interest in
Sparta is international. The volume includes, for the first time,
original contributions from most of the world's leading authorities
on Spartan history.